Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Taxpayers can't be trusted

From today's National Post.

Re: Please Sir, Can I Have a Tax Break?, Oct 11.

Tasha Kheiriddin and John Williamson seem to be under the illusion that Canadians can handle their money better than the government. Surely the vast sums spent on lotteries is proof that most Canadians do not know how to handle their money.

Would the $20 million sent to Pakistan have been as quickly produced if it had been left to individuals? I gladly pay taxes and expect no direct return because I know the money is being wisely spent for the public good by people who know what they are doing. Their actions are scrutinized; in comparison, who scrutinizes the average Canadian when he wastes money on beer and cigarettes?

Instead of continually complaining about the level of taxation, the directors of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation would do far more for Canada if they limited themselves to suggesting how the government should properly disburse public funds; simply handing the money back to Canadians would be counterproductive.

Paul Jones, Mont St. Hilaire, Que

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This guy's quote made me laugh out loud. It read:

"I gladly pay taxes and expect no direct return because I know the money is being wisely spent for the public good by people who know what they are doing."

What a joke! The HRDC boondoggle, gun registry, and the sponsorship scandal are for the pubic good? HA! Was Dingwall's $1.29 pack of gum also for the "public good"?

Canadians can spend their money on booze and smokes, and Wham cassettes if they want to because they earned it! To suggest that government knows how to spend other people's money better than they do is the biggest joke in the world. That guy is out to lunch!

Man, that cracks me up!

Chad Moats said...

Though not greatly articulate, I do believe that the author intent was that CTF policy should be more directed at these wastes as opposed to tax rates. Also, I think that Mr. Jones point on whether the money should be in the governments hands or individuals would have better been aimed at excessive profiteering (>15%) by large multi-nationals. If that was his intent then I would agree with him. That money is best in government hands, rather then billionaires on yachts.

Shawn said...

How does money get into the hands of "...billionaires on yachts..." (other than if you join the Liberal party) unless people willingly purchase goods or services provided by the companies owned by the aforementioned billionaires?

Excessive profiteering is an economic straw man. In a market economy, if you don't like the price or the provider, you can buy from someone else, make your own, or do without. Only in government mandated monopolies can excessive profiteering occur (see Saskpower dividend, other Crown corps).

Typically the government doesn't create these for private companies (i.e.: SK gov't hasn't decreed that all computers must run Win XP), although they may inadvertently do so via onerous regulatory reimes which limit the opportunities for competitors to develop or enter the marketplace.

Anonymous said...

"I gladly pay taxes and expect no direct return because I know the money is being wisely spent for the public good by people who know what they are doing".

I don't think it is right for guys to be facecious on an importnat topic like taxes!

Horny toad

Anonymous said...

I agree with the horny toad: surely this guy can't be serious? Although, he is from Quebec...
ah, who knows: he's either a smart alleck or crazy.

Serge Rouleau said...

Dear Mr. Jones,
Your willingness to share with the disadvantaged in Canada and abroad is to be lauded. However, canadian politicians have come to interpret the legendary canadian generosity as a license to waste taxpayer money. According to my calculation, in Québec alone, the three levels of government will waste at least $16.5 billions ($16,500,000,000) of hard earned taxpayer money in fiscal year 2005-2006. For more detail I invite you to visit my blog.
http://magazinenagg.blogspot.com/

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